September 22, 2013:
It is early morning. The parking lot is not well
filled. The park has bankruptcy hanging over them. I give my contribution and
buy a season ticket for 390 SEK. Just inside the entrée is the childrens zoo
with chickens, goats, rabbits. In a part of a farm is a terrarium with snakes,
toad, frog. On the roof is a stork's nest with a stork couple. Linderöd pig
grubs on the hill. In the seal pond stand three sealheads up. A seal takes a
turn and shows itself. Imagine if I had the ability in water. I'm like a
stone in water. I sink. At the dam is one of many barbecue places in the
park. Feel beeing looked at, in the forest stands a red deer. It seems that it
is he who is the visitor and I an attraction. In the distance you can hear a
red deer rut bellow. The sound is heard in all of the park.
Bird pond is full of mallards. In a pasture is a horse, Przewalski's horse,
it's the ancestor of our tame hourse I can read on the information
plate. Became extinct as wild, and they remained only in zoos, from where they
have been set it out in the wild. In the pastures are there "fjäll" cows, see
them from far away, they keep their distance . At the raccoon dogs enclosure
is a ramp. Lively fellows. Children watch in fascination at them, raccoon dogs
seem to look equally fascinated back. A badger couple comes out of their
lair. They find some food, it has probably
just been feeding time. Red fox is also out and show itself. Ah, a cat! A
wild cat sitting and preening itself. The wild cat is threatened by
The wolf enclosure has electric fencing and speaker for alarm. It is not many
years since wolves escaped. Going out on the built-in path, from where you
can look over the fence. But any wolves I do not see. The bears seems fall
tired. The male lumbers around, lies down with a tree trunk as a pillow.
Others are already asleep. Clickediclick... the sound I recognize from the
mountains. Longing to get there. A reindeer! It is so wonderful to see them
gracefully and easily move on a mountain slope.
At the bear enclosure is a restaurant, ice cream, hot dogs, and hamburgers
are offered. I'll take a "wild" hamburger. Could be more salad, otherwise
approved. I'm not a big fan of burgers. Why not a restaurant with Nordic food?
Which one can visit without paying admission. Will be hard to make profit from
Continuing my round. Mountain feeling again! Arctic fox, that I have not seen
in the mountains, it is all too rare and threatened. Have just seen a lair in
Padjelanta. Next cat, Lo, hide away so it can not be seen. The raccoons are
however curious about kids on the other side of the fence. Following the signs
for "Animals, The playground, pony rides." A ferret venture out of his house.
Wild boar root around. From a tree branch watching two horned owls at me intensly.
Opposite is the playground with natural gear. Dare me not to use them. Mountain
again, a great snowy owl sails ahead and sits down on a branch, showing
off her beautiful profile. A pony is waiting for a child to ride it. It's just
me here, and I am no longer a child.
Moose enclosure, the only moose I see is moose swings. Not for me
either. Despite the enclosure limitations, the golden eagle make a mighty
flight. Fallow deers are resting. Musk ox and bison ends the round.
deer male is guarding his females. A little guy bellow with him. "Do you want a
lot of girls around you?" asks the mother. The guy silenced. Maybe I'll try
on Stortorget in Lund? Nah, it probably would not work, either.
I 'm back at the entrance. An unusual feature is the cabin where they made
brandy, "spirit house" and a waterslide falls a little out of the park's
intent. Buying a postcard in the shop. More cars in the parking lot, one less
when I leave.
I 'm not fond of keeping animals confined. But some endangered species
conservation is thanks to zoos. A zoo like this show Nordic animals in reasonably
natural environment for them. Maybe it could enhance understanding of that man
not have a monopoly on "nature". At the time of writing is the park
threatened, due to the poor economy. Hope it will survive and develop as a
park, and with only nordic fauna.